Culture The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season  

Whitney S Moore
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List Rules These are things that are related to the holiday season in general - including gift-giving, shopping, traveling, and going home to visit family. Vote up the things that ruin your life.

Those who don't like the holiday season are usually dismissed immediately as being total Grinches, but did you know that there are actually a lot of things about Christmas that really suck? Sure, the halls are decked with boughs of holly, but what if you're allergic to holly and end up spending your time sneezing (not kissing) under the mistletoe? What if the whole concept of Santa seeing you when you're sleeping and knowing when you're awake creeps you the hell out? And while no one is arguing that getting presents isn't the greatest thing ever, there are some things about the holidays that we could all do without.
 
What are the worst parts of holidays? How about dealing with your racist grandparents or gaining major pounds from gross eggnog? Or having to listen to holiday music every second of every day? If you're feeling like a little bit of a humbug this holiday season, take a look at this list and know you're not alone. There are plenty of reasons why Christmas sucks. If you have a burning complaint that you don't see on the list, be sure to add to it so we can all rejoice in the anti-Christmas spirit together! Vote for the thing you hate the most, so we can all appreciate that we don't have to deal with this crap after January 1st.
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445 133
Going Broke Buying Gifts

2
403 118
Lines for Everything

3
327 146
Not Getting Days Off of Work

4
363 192
Holiday Music on Repeat

5
306 154
Awkward Conversations with Relatives You Never See

6
327 170
People Who Think There's a War on Christmas

7
302 164
Gaining Weight

8
270 158
Working in Retail

9
140 65
sebastian-michaelis added Bad Road Conditions

10
320 222
Taking Down the Christmas Tree

11
103 29
Inger Lund Carter added Idiots on New Years Eve

12
245 152
Untangling Christmas Lights

13
252 189
It's Cold Out

14
195 136
So Many People Traveling

15
114 82
sebastian-michaelis added Not Enough Days of of School/work

16
69 41
RobLein added Last-minute Shopping

17
183 175
Your Friends All Live in Different Cities

18
203 196
Salvation Army Bell Ringers

19
96 79
sebastian-michaelis added It Snows Everyday of the Week That Isn't Christmas

20
50 33
madamsundin added Stores Being Out of Your Favorite Foods/items

21
175 190
Only Holiday Movies on TV

22
184 197
Egg Nog Is Disgusting

23
45 33
Patrick Elliott added

24
146 162
Getting Random Braggy Christmas Cards

25
53 60
Johnny Kook added Oblivious Christians Co-opting Pagan Traditions

26
148 178
You Never Get What You Want

27
122 151
Trying to Return Gifts

28
116 146
Gingerbread Houses Taste Like Cardboard

29
107 149
Running in to People from Your High School

30
116 162
Small Town Life Is Just as Boring as You Remember

31
111 144
Terrible Office Christmas Parties

32
115 173
Trying to Explain Why You're Not in a Relationship

33
99 153
Sibling Rivalry Is Back in Full Effect

34
97 156
Tacky Sweaters

35
84 143
The Hangovers

36
19 45
madamsundin added Running Into Exes

37
11 32
Patrick Elliott added Deadbeat Sibling Taking All the Leftovers

38
75 145
judy-l-lyons added

39
34 72
sebastian-michaelis added Having a Pet Get Into the Candy

40
92 173
Dealing with Your Racist Grandparents

41
69 154
Trying to Find a New Year's Eve Date

42
58 180
Having a Curfew Again